In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a
story about a stolen car in California. Police were
staging an intense search for the vehicle and the
driver, even to the point of placing announcements on
local radio stations to contact the thief. On the
front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers
that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison.
The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat
poison. Now the police and the owner of the car were
more interested in apprehending the thief to SAVE
than to recover the car.
Many view God as a
policeman trying to catch someone doing wrong, when in reality, God wants to rescue us from our deadly sins
(Romans 6:23). He is “not willing
that ANY should perish but that all should come to
repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).
“desires ALL men to be saved and to come to the
knowledge of the truth"(1Timothy 2:4).
Don’t misunderstand - God detests sin
(Habakkuk 1:13), AND He will punish
unforgiven sin (Revelation 21:8).
However, God wants to SAVE us from sin.
In fact, He has gone to great lengths to provide
forgiveness for our sins. "For God so loved the
world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting
For God did NOT send His Son into the world to CONDEMN the world, but that the world through
Him might be SAVED" (John 3:16-17).
God will forgive THOSE who: place their trust in Him (Hebrews 11:6), repent of sin
(2 Corinthians 7:9-10), confess Christ (Romans
10:9-10), and be baptized (immersed) in the name of Christ for the
forgiveness of sins (Acts 2:38).
God will CONTINUE to forgive THOSE who: CONTINUE
to strive to walk in the light of His Word in faithful
obedience (1 John 1:7).
Many are running FROM God, seeking to escape His punishment.
What they are actually doing is ELUDING HIS
NEED to run TO God - turning from
our sin and turning to Him through our trusting
Are you running from His RESCUE??
Why not turn to Him today?
He wants to rescue YOU!
God bless you.
David A. Sargent,
Church of Christ at Creekwood
1901 Schillinger Rd. S.
Mobile, Alabama 36695
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